Government Issue

     In the CCC as well as the Army The standard G.I. ( Government Issue) consisted virtually of two sets or pairs of everything. 2 Sun-Tan (Chino) (Class A) Dress Uniforms for Summer, Two OD Dress uniforms for winter. Great Coat Poncho for rainy weather. 1 Black tie Two B.D work uniforms. 1 pr work shoes (1 identical pr) Dress shoes. 2 bath towels -Shaving Kit Tooth Brush in Metal tube. 2 pr socks. 2 o.d. Hankerchiefs. Turning back the pages of time 58 years can be somewhat of a struggle. However I am quite sure that the (Fatigue) Work Uniforms in the CCC were Blue Denim, the Green uniforms were introduced with the military build-up just prior to W W I I .

     From what I can remember-Supply Sergeants didn't lose any sleep over the proper fit of uniforms, In the 3Cs or the Army. You were usually given a size larger than you asked for. The more Affluent among us would have theirs altered by a local seamstress for 50 cents or so. As for the other accouterments-There was an expression, I'm sure you heard,  "A GOOD SOLDIER NEVER LOSES ANYTHING"

     The implication being - If yours disappears, You can find one just like it somewhere.????? I believe you were charged for replacement of objects lost or destroyed through negligence. You could reorder articles that were no longer serviceable do to normal wear and tear. (Without Charge) Shoes for instance. Or if they hurt your feet. It often took several weeks to get replacements. ( Slow Mail Order Accounts) That old "Hurry up and wait Syndrome" 

-  Sincerely Ed Braun

    unkled@iquest.net

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